Against the backdrop of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our community members and the public is, and always has been, our highest priority. Therefore in line with public health guidance and that of NYU, our 2021 Graduation Celebration will be held virtually. Our graduates are now and will become the frontline of this epidemic as they move into and advance their public health careers. This epidemic, like other epidemics that came before underscores the crucial role public health plays in preventing the emergence of epidemics, the control of epidemics and the adaptation to the impact of epidemics.
We will hear a special address by Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), along with messages of support and encouragement from the GPH community. Based on current information, no in-person graduation activities are planned for 2021.
Whether you are a graduating student, a proud family member or friend, or a faculty or staff member, you’ll find all the information you need right here.
Apply for Graduation
Students at the School of Global Public Health may officially graduate in September, January, or May.
In order to graduate in a specific semester (i.e. the semester in which all degree requirements will be completed), students must apply for graduation within the application deadline period.
See below for the application deadline for the semester in which you intend to graduate.
➪ If you complete your degree requirements in the Spring 2021 semester: you will need to apply for May Graduation.
- Deadline to apply is: February 14, 2021
➪ If you complete your degree requirements in the Summer 2021 semester: you will need to apply for September Graduation.
- The application period opens on March 1, 2021 and closes on June 13, 2021
- PLEASE NOTE: Should you want to participate in May 2021 Virtual Celebrations, you would need to apply for a Dean’s Exception. Kindly refer to Dean’s Exceptions below for next steps.
☛ IMPORTANT NOTE | Make sure to apply by the deadline listed on this page to be considered as a candidate for graduation.
➪ Doctoral students must also apply for graduation.
➪ Students in dual degree programs must submit an application for each of the Schools in which they are enrolled.
1 - How To Apply for Graduation
All students must apply for graduation via your NYU Albert Account
- Log in to Albert. On the Home page go to the Academics section and click the Apply to Graduate button.
- Select your Academic Program
- Select the term you expect to graduate. If there are no terms available you are not eligible to apply or you have already applied.
- Verify your information and submit your application.
- Confirm or change your diploma name, delivery address and method using the Diploma Options link.
☛ IMPORTANT NOTE | Note that if you do not apply for graduation, you will not be able to attend the Commencement ceremony.
☛ Already applied? Check your application status on Albert on the Academics page under Graduation.
2 - Expected Term of Graduation
The term in which you expect to graduate is an important part of your student record, especially if you receive any form of financial aid.
3 - Dean's Exception
Dean’s Exceptions are students who are permitted to participate in Graduation Ceremonies although they have not yet completed their coursework (with up to two courses outstanding to be completed in the Summer).
How to Apply for Dean’s Exceptions
- Register for your final summer course(s)
- Email your Program Advisor and email@example.com indicating that you would like to apply for a dean's exception.
- Once approved, the GPH Registrar will send you an email to confirm you have been approved to participate.
- If you've already applied for May graduation via Albert and need to change it to September, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask them to: withdraw you from May, term activate you for summer, and add you to the September graduation cycle.
☛ Remember: in order to receive a Dean's Exception you will need to be already registered for your final summer requirement(s) first.
Review the information in this section to learn about diploma delivery and distribution processes and how to make sure that your information on it is correct.
1 - Diploma Name
By default, your "primary" name (as it is entered in Albert and as it appears on your NYU transcript) is printed on your diploma. You can elect to have your "preferred" (or chosen) name (as it is entered in Albert) printed on your diploma by updating the Diploma Options page in your Student Center before your conferral date.
☛ IMPORTANT NOTE | Although NYU considers the diploma to be a ceremonial document, some countries may require your diploma (in conjunction with your official transcript) for various legal, immigration, and employment purposes. Choosing to print your "preferred" name on your diploma may result in unforeseen complications due to the discrepancy between your diploma and other documents (e.g. transcript, passport, birth certificate, etc.) that contain your "primary" (i.e. legal) name. To avoid such complications, we recommend printing your "primary" name on your diploma if you plan to live, study, or work outside of the United States.
2 - Diploma Delivery
By default, your diploma will be mailed to your "permanent" address in Albert. You can elect to have your diploma mailed to a different address or indicate you will pick it up in person at StudentLink in Manhattan by updating the Diploma Options page in your Student Center before your conferral date.
Diplomas are mailed to your delivery address via trackable USPS mail about eight weeks after your degree has been awarded. Degrees are awarded after academic requirements have been met, including the posting of all grades and transfer credits.
The fastest, most reliable way to receive your diploma is to provide a mailing address within the United States.
☛ NOTE | Diplomas of students in financial arrears will be held until their financial obligations to the University are fulfilled and they have been cleared by the Bursar. You may contact the Office of the Bursar to discuss your financial status at the University.
3 - Change of Student Information
- View this page if you would like to change your personal information (Name, Address, Gender Identity, Pronoun and much more).
- For additional info contact email@example.com or 212-998-4800.
4 - Additional Information about your Diploma
If you would like to request a replacement diploma or you would like to change your name on the diploma after graduation visit this page.
For additional info contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-998-4260.
1 - Eligibility
Eligibility to order a gift box is limited to students who have graduated or will graduate during the 2020-21 academic year. This includes:
- Those who have earned degrees or advanced certificates of study in September 2020
- Those who have earned degrees or advanced certificates of study in January 2021
- Those who are degree or advanced certificates of study candidates for May 2021
2 - How to Order
Eligible graduates and candidates will receive an email from University Events (email@example.com) on March 8 or later with instructions and a non-transferable, unique, one-time use redemption code. Graduates and candidates should not forward the email or share the code as the redemption code is unique to each candidate and their degree type.
3 - Ordering Periods
- March 8 through April 6: Orders placed during this period should be delivered by May 7.
- April 7 through April 19: Orders placed during this period will ship in April, but might not be delivered by May 7.
- April 20 through June 25: Orders placed during this period will not be delivered by May 7.
☛ IMPORTANT NOTE | Please order promptly for the earliest possible delivery. Delivery dates are not guaranteed.
For more information or if you have any questions about ordering the Commencement Gift Box, please visit their website.
We know that many candidates also wish to have their gowns to complete their academic attire. This year, NYU is providing the option for students to purchase their gowns. Master's and doctoral candidates will also have the option to purchase hoods. These gowns and hoods are made of sustainable fabric, woven from 100% post-consumer materials.
You do not have to purchase academic attire at this time; it is optional. This academic attire can be kept and worn at the in-person Commencement ceremony when it is rescheduled. Those who do not purchase gowns at this time will have another opportunity to purchase them in advance of the rescheduled Commencement.
☛ PLEASE NOTE | Class of 2021 your motarboard or tam and tassel will be included in your Commencement gift box! Be sure to order your box, which is a gift from NYU, by Tuesday April 6.
1 - Pricing
- Bachelor's and associate's gown only: $36.00
- Master's gown and hood: $56.00
- Doctoral (and LLM) gown and hood: $63.00 (see note below for Doctoral attire)
2 - Shipping Charges
- Standard domestic: $7.95
- Standard international: $19.95
- For late orders (placed between April 7-19), an additional shipping fee of $7.95 will be included for expedited service.
3 - Ordering Periods
- March 8 through April 6: Ordering period with standard shipping charge for delivery by May 7
- April 7 through April 19: Expedited shipping period with additional fee for delivery by May 7
- April 20 through June 25: Standard shipping charge; delivery dates will vary (mid-May or later)
4 - Doctoral Attire
Doctoral candidates or graduates may prefer to purchase custom-made academic attire. In particular, those entering the profession of academia may prefer the fine quality regalia suitable for wearing regularly in academic ceremonies. Doctoral candidates or graduates who wish to purchase custom-made academic attire can do so on the Herff Jones website. Order using promo code NYU100 by March 26 to save $100 on custom doctoral gowns. This academic attire will incur standard shipping charges and should arrive by early May.
5 - Ordering Your Academic Attire
You can order your Academic Attire via the Herff Jones website.
Portraits & Keepsakes
Enjoy a photographic keepsake of your time at NYU. Graduating students can upload a photo and choose from a selection of NYU backgrounds to create a custom virtual portrait. A link to create your virtual portrait will be posted soon. Prints will be available for purchase.
☛ For more information, contact the NYU Photo Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org
NYU Commencement & GPH Graduation FAQ
The 2021 All-University Virtual Commencement will be held on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 11:00am (Eastern time). It is open to the entire NYU community and the public. The virtual celebration is not intended to replace the full Graduation Ceremony. The Class of 2021 will be invited to return for an in-person ceremony when public health guidelines permit us to do so. For more information on NYU Commencement 2021 Virtual Celebration format and the postponed Commencement Celebration please refer to their webpage: NYU Commencement
The 2021 School of Global Public Health Virtual Graduation Celebration will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 7:00pm (Eastern time). Additional details will be sent out in the upcoming weeks to graduates’ nyu email accounts. The virtual celebration is not intended to replace the full Graduation Ceremony. The School of Global Public Health Class of 2021 will be invited to return for an in-person ceremony when public health guidelines permit us to do so.
You're in the right place! Graduates and their families can join the virtual celebration on May 20, 2021 by visiting this page. There is no sign in required, and there are no country or regional restrictions to view the celebration.
The in-person 2020 All-University Commencement was postponed and will be rescheduled. The date of the postponed Commencement ceremony will be determined once health and government restrictions are loosened and we are advised that it is safe to gather in large groups. As of February 2021, we are not yet able to reschedule the ceremony; it will not take place in Spring 2021.
Academic Attire FAQ's
This year, keepsake gowns will be available for purchase. This academic attire can be kept and worn at the in-person Commencement ceremony when it is rescheduled. You do not have to purchase academic attire at this time; it is optional. Those who do not purchase gowns at this time will have another opportunity to purchase them in advance of the rescheduled Commencement. For candidates who wish to have their gowns, more information is available on the academic attire page.
Baccalaureate candidates and graduates, whose cumulative GPA places them in the top 40 percent of their school's graduating class, are named University Honors Scholars, earning them the NYU Founders’ Day Award. University Honors Scholars will be notified on or around April 21. They will receive a gold tassel and a personalized certificate, both of which will be mailed in the late spring.
Students who have only one or two courses remaining to complete their degree requirements during the summer 2021 term may request permission to participate in commencement-related activities by applying for a Dean's exception. To do so, please email email@example.com (Subject: Dean’s Exceptions) with your N# and program.
Diplomas are mailed to graduates 6-8 weeks after graduation. Be sure to update your mailing address in Albert. For further information, visit the Registrar’s website.
NYU is working with our photography partners to provide virtual Commencement portraits. More details will be shared with graduates and posted on the Commencement's website once available.